Cattle & Calves

The cattle Section have always been an integral part of Nantwich & South Cheshire Show, who pride themselves on staging a wonderful agricultural Show.

We strive to offer a wide array of classes and to encourage the younger generation with Young Handler classes. We are extremely privileged with the ongoing support from our local and ‘not so local’ exhibitors, and thank you all for supporting our Show. We would love to encourage new exhibitors to attend what is a truly agricultural show.

We have sections to cover all breeds and calves, and all are housed in the fantastic Sugarich Marquee, giving the best facilities possible at a one day Show staged in open countryside.

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Sheep

The Sheep section has been an important part of Nantwich & South Cheshire Show for over 20 years, our entry numbers have climbed steadily culminating in record entries in excess of 200 sheep last year. We have a wide variety of Breed Classes and also a Demonstration Sheep Section which offers all sheep owners the opportunity to bring their livestock to Nantwich. We also have a Young Handler class to encourage sheep breeders of the future.

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Horses

The Shire Classes – Nantwich & South Cheshire Show is a popular diary date in the shire calendar and we are lucky to have such wide support from the breeders and our exhibitors.

2016 saw 100 entries in the Heavy Horse Section – a truly fantastic Show, and they filled the Main Ring throughout the whole of the morning.

We will be staging In Hand Classes, Foal Classes and a Qualifier for HOYS, a Ridden Heavy Horse class which is an Equifest Qualifier, Heavy Horse Turnouts for Agriculture and Trade, and not forgetting the Decorated Harness Class.

This year we are delighted to announce that all Prize Money and Appearance Money will be paid out in cash on the day, and in addition there will be a £300 cash prize to the exhibitor gaining the most points in the In Hand Shire and Foal Classes.

Home Produce Arts & Crafts

Competitive sections open to all men, women and children, remember you do not need to belong to any organisation or group to enter. Also there are no rules to where you live.

You will find classes in Wine – Homemade red wine, white wine even homemade liqueur.

Preserves – Jams, marmalade and chutney.

Produce – this is where the talented baker can shine making pizza or brownies, look out for the decorated novelty cakes always a wonderful show.

Handicraft – lots of wonderful examples of people’s talent on show here beadwork, knitting, embroidery plus many more.

Art – This section has grown over the years, art in all medium pencil/ink, oils, watercolour, pastels, and acrylics.

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Dogs

Why leave your favourite Pet at home while you enjoy a day out! Bring ‘Him or Her’ along with you, and perhaps you might enter the Companion Dog Show at 6.00 p.m. in the Countryside Pursuits Area

All Entries taken on the day.

Please note: Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and are not allowed in the livestock areas, nor the Food Hall, or Cheese Marquees.

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Pigeon

Racing Pigeons: These birds are kept mainly for competition racing. There are hundreds of racing clubs in the UK and abroad, member’s birds compete against each other for trophies and medals etc, including prize money. These birds race against the clock and are timed in by the ring they wear which carries all their information.

Fancy Pigeons: The second type of pigeon is the Fancy Pigeon. There are numerous varieties of Fancy Pigeons.
There are Flying Breeds which consist of Birmingham Rollers, Competition Tipplers, West of England Tumblers, Show Tumblers and many more.

There are also varieties for showing, these include Jacobins, Show Homers, Pouters and Voorburgs, Modenas, Lahores, Chinese Owls, African Owls, Fantails, Archangles, Nuns and many many more. These birds are all different in appearance and so appeal to many different types of people.

The Pigeon Section at a local Agricultural Show is just a small window into the fascinating world of Pigeons, so do come along and you will be surprised at what you will find. You may even become a fancier yourself.

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Floral Art

We welcome all exhibitors and visitors to the Floral Art section  of Nantwich Show.

For 2017 our overall theme is “The Wonderful World of Disney” and we hope that there are classes which will inspire you to have “a go”. Some of the exhibits, including the children’s class can be brought in ready assembled.

There are awards for Best in Show, Best Novice, Best Use of Garden Material, Best Use of Colour and Most Points in Show.

There is a copy of this year’s schedule on the website and if you require any further information please contact me judy.gratton@live.co.uk or 01270 650341

On Show Day we have drop in workshops for adults and children, either learning some techniques or just arranging flowers.

Honey

If you are interested in bees and the environment try and spent some time at the Honey show there will be Beekeepers on hand to discuss all about Bees. Be it honey bees or bumble bees and how you can help them survive and prosper with a little conservation, within your garden or farm. Advice on nectar producing plants and which time of year these plants produce nectar and pollen for the various bee species.

On display will be observation hives enabling the showing of the secret life of a bee-colony; queen bee, workers, bee brood, eggs and larva.

Old world methods of keeping bees and modern methods of beekeeping and bee hive parts will be available for examining and discussion with one of the Cheshire Beekeepers. With virtual hive parts showing the construction of the hive and modern beekeeping methods.

Horticulture

The Horticulture Section at The Nantwich Show is similar to a village show.

Exhibits are welcome from experts to newcomers, from young and more mature people.

The secretary is available on email and telephone before entering to encourage and advise on all aspects of showing . He is also available on the day of entry to help all entrants.

We aim to provide an enjoyable experience for exhibitors and a great show of vegetables, flowers and fruit for the public to view. Please think about entering your garden/allotment produce.

Contact Adrian Caine on email ruffield@sky.com or call us on either 01948519287 or 07512109440.

Poultry

Exhibiting pure breeds of poultry and waterfowl at an official show is an exciting hobby pursued around the country, none less that at Nantwich Show.  Over the years it has been promoted up the ranks to become a Championship Show at one of the biggest one day shows in the country.  As such it now attracts between 700 and 800 entries, including an impressive display of eggs each year.

Many of us keep chickens in the back garden or small holding and those who want to take the next step enter such shows as Nantwich where they have the opportunity to meet with the serious exhibitor and judges to learn more about their chosen breed.

Nantwich is also keen to support Junior exhibitors.  Over the years, we have had many youngsters showing their “pets” for the first time only to later become very experienced exhibitors in their own right – winning prizes at the bigger shows.

More details can be obtained from Susan Broadhurst, Little Acres, Chapel Lane, Tern Hill, Market Drayton, Shropshire TF9 3PY.  Tel 01630 638630, email: susan.broadhurst49@btinternet.com

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